EUGENE – University of Oregon sophomore outside hitter Katherine Fischer added another honor to her already crowded mantle Tuesday as the only underclassmen to receive ESPN Academic All-America honors.
The pre-business administration major from Los Altos, Calif., was tabbed to the six-person third team, and was one of six players combined on the three teams that sported 4.0 cumulative GPA’s.
Fischer was also one of four Pac-10 players recognized with the Stanford trio of Alix Klineman (first team), Cassidy Lichtman (second team) and Stephanie Browne (third team).
On the court this season, Fischer was equally impressive and ranked third in the Pac-10 in aces (0.30 per set) and fifth in double-doubles (14), and tops among underclassmen in each category. On the national charts, she stood top 150 nationally in points (122nd, 3.99 p/s) and kills (123rd, 3.45 p/s). Team-wise, she ranked second on season in kills (3.45 per set), aces (0.28 p/s), digs (2.64), points (3.99 p/s) and matches with +15 kills (9).
Fischer became the four Duck to receive national Academic All-America honors, and joined Kristen Bitter (Third Team - 2006), Casey Crisler (Third Team - 1997) and four-time recipient Sue Harbor (First Team - 1984, '85); Second Team – 1982, ‘83).
To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale); be a sophomore or older; and played at least one full calendar year at her current institution.
Voting was conducted by college sports information directors, and more information on the award is available at the www.CoSIDA.com website at the http://cosida.com/awards/allamerica.aspx URL address.
A month ago, Fischer and sophomore defensive specialist Kellie Kawasaki were tabbed to the Academic All-District First and Third Teams, respectively, and were the fourth and fifth honorees under sixth-year head coach Jim Moore. Former setter Nevena Djordjevic picked up similar second- and third-team honors in 2008 and ’09, and Bitter was a first-team choice in ’06.
Prior to Moore’s arrival, only one other Duck had picked up academic all-district honors – former setter Casey Crisler in 1995, ’96 and ’97.
Fischer and Kawasaki were also among six Ducks that landed on Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic Teams two weeks ago. Fischer and sophomore outside Lauren Gross were first- and second-team honorees, respectively, and four others were honorable mentions - junior middle blocker Rhiannon Tooker, sophomore libero Haley Jacob, Kawasaki and sophomore outside hitter Jocelyn Levig.
ESPN Academic All-America Teams - University Division
Allyson Doyle, W. MICHIGAN, Sr., Battle Creek Mich., 4.00, Speech Pathology & Audiology
*Alix Klineman, STANFORD, Sr., Manhattan Beach Calif., 3.53, Art
Cassidy Lichtman, STANFORD, Sr., Poway Calif., 3.63, Political Science
Caitlin Saxton, RUTGERS, Sr., Encinitas Calif., 4.00, Journalism /Sociology
Johannah Bangert, ILLINOIS, Sr., Washington Mo., 3.72, Mathematics
Nikki Fowler, TENNESSEE, Sr., Dallas Texas, 3.80, Marketing
Elizabeth Fleming, MARSHALL, Sr., South Bend Ind., 4.00, International Affairs
Holly Evans, MOREHEAD ST., Sr., Blacklick Ohio, 4.00, Health Promotions
JuliAnne Chisholm, KANSAS STATE, Sr., Hillsboro Kan., 3.97, Pre-Med
Nina Camaioni, LOYOLA (MD), Sr., Williamstown N.J., 3.83, Global Studies
JennaRae Jester, WYOMING, Sr., Cheyenne Wyo., 3.97, Business Administration
Amanda Graham, ROBERT MORRIS (PA), Sr., Melbourne Fla., 3.98, Nuclear Medicine Technology
Katherine Fischer , OREGON, So., Los Altos Calif., 4.00, Pre-Business Administration
Suzy Boulavsky, OKLAHOMA, Jr., Houston Texas, 3.95, Journalism
Kelly Williamson, NEW MEXICO, Sr., Buenos Aries Argentina, 3.99, Conservation Biology
Kayla Woodard, MISSISSIPPI STATE, Gr., Addison Ala., 4.00, Elementary Education
Stephanie Browne, STANFORD, Jr., Danville Calif., 3.93, Political Science
Kristin Hoffman, NORTHERN ILLINOIS, Jr., Batavia Ill., 3.95, History
ESPN Academic All-America Teams - College Division
Tricia McCutchan, CASE WESTERN RESERVE, Jr., Hamilton, Ohio, 4.0, Biomedical Engineering
*Brittany Donelan, HEIDELBERG, Sr., North Olmsted, Ohio, 3.96, Accounting
Devon Woolard, LYNN, Sr., Delray, Beach, Fla., 4.0, Business Administration
Maria Horning, EASTERNJr., Denver, Pa., 4.0, Economic Development
Jennifer Hefner, WAYNE STATE, Sr., Archer, Neb., 3.93, Applied Human and Sport Physiology
Steph Strauss, JUNIATASr., Verona, Pa., 3.89, Sport Marketing and Management
Sarah Stephens, FROSTBURG ST., Sr., Oakland, Md., 3.96, Business Administration
Lisa Shilling, FRESNO PACIFIC, Sr., Clovis, Calif., 3.98, Liberal Studies
Mollie Lacy, WASHBURN, Jr., Lincoln, Neb., 4.0, Nursing
Kala Abdell, LYNN, Sr., Royal Palm Beach, Fla., 4.0, Advertising and Public Relations
Kendra Coulson, TEXAS WOMAN'S, Sr., Abilene, Texas, 4.0, Legal Studies
Cara Carson, SW MINN.. STATE, Jr., Omaha, Neb., 4.00, Business Marketing
Stormi Gale, WINGATE, Sr., Richmond, Texas, 3.64, Biology
Jackie Hamilton, REDLANDS, Sr., Loma Linda, Calif., 3.84, Government and Gender Studies
Jessica Anderson, U.S. COAST GUARD, Sr., Schoolcraft, Mich., 3.58, Marine and Environmental Science
Karie Altman, MADONNA, Jr., Taylor, Mich., 3.98, Biology
Hilary Pavels, ADELPHI, Sr., North Woodmere, N.Y., 4.00, Physical Education
Madison Chylik, THIEL, Sr., Valley View, Ohio, 3.98, Elementary Education
*Asterisk indicates Academic All-America Player of the Year
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